Top Senate Dems Arguing for Obama to Ignore Debt Ceiling Voted Against It in 2006

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The Democratic leadership in the Senate urging the president spend more from the nation’s Treasury without Congressional authorization — all voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006. The proposition for the president to spend citizens’ money as he sees fit ignores the plain intention of The Constitution that the House has the power of the purse and the Executive is to carry out duly passed legislation.

The Democratic leadership in the Senate — Majority Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, Conference Chair Charles Schumer, and Conference Chair recently sent a letter to the president on the matter:

“We believe that you must make clear that you will never allow our nation’s economy and reputation to be held hostage,” the Democrats wrote.  “We believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without congressional approval, if necessary.”

Byron York at the Washington Examiner then makes this powerful point:

Put aside the picture of leading lawmakers, usually so jealous of their constitutional prerogatives, asking the president to ignore Congress.  What is striking about the letter is that every one of its signers — Reid, Durbin, Schumer, and Murray — voted against raising the nation’s debt ceiling just seven years ago.

What is so fascinating about this information is that the Democrat Party grandstanded about how irresponsible it would be to raise the debt ceiling just seven years ago, not to mention that the proposal for the president to go around the spending constraint was not even on the table at that time.

[Watch "Senator Harry Reid During 2006 Debt Ceiling Fight: “Increasing Debt is the Last Thing We Should Be Doing."]

H/T Byron York

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